Skip links


Recovering from substance abuse and addiction is challenging in many ways. It’s stressful, it’s physically taxing, and it’s mentally and emotionally exhausting. Sometimes, simply asking for help is the hardest part of it all.

But regardless of your personal struggles, detoxification is always part of the process. Deciding to stop abusing drugs and alcohol is a strong and brave decision, and it’s also a change for your body. Detox symptoms can look a little different for everyone and can depend on what substance you’re detoxing from, but it’s never pleasant.

Contact Us Today!

Sometimes, it can even be dangerous and result in a medical emergency. This is why we recommend a detox center. At our detox center, we have staff available 24/7 if you need support, guidance, or even medical attention.

Detoxification Process

When you use a substance regularly for a long enough period, your body starts expecting it. When it’s expecting it, it’ll hit you with cravings.

Eventually, your body will become not only expectant but dependent as it believes you need this substance to survive.

This is why addiction detox can be so difficult. By depriving your body of this thing it’s grown so used to, it’ll protest and react poorly. This is when the withdrawal phase hits and things become very trying. It’s during this time that many relapse, despite a strong desire to quit – especially when attempting to quit alone and without support.

When you arrive at our Ontario detox clinic, we’ll take you through several steps to start your journey of safe detox, healing, and recovery:

  • Identification. First, we must determine what substances you’ve been using, how much, how long, and how frequently. All of this is relevant information so you must be honest.
  • Weaning. The next step is to get you off of all substances by whatever means are safest. Sometimes, this requires tapering off them slowly, which should always be done under the care and supervision of a professional.
  • Manage. Next, we do our best to manage the effects. Most of the time, unpleasant symptoms will show up and our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible. Some symptoms are managed well by various medications that we can provide as necessary.
  • Monitor. As you go through withdrawal you’ll be regularly monitored for blood pressure, heart rate, and other important vitals. We will tweak medication as needed as your symptoms change and get better.

When you decide to stop using drugs and/or alcohol, your body will soon go into withdrawal. This is one of the hardest parts of drug detox and many will be tempted to use again to ease the symptoms.

This is another benefit of a proper detox program  like the one at Lily Recovery. We monitor the process and give you no access to any substances.

Withdrawal symptoms can be mild but they can also be quite severe and present both physically and psychologically. It depends on the individual and the substance in question, but common symptoms can include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Shivering and shaking
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shivers and chills
  • High temperature
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Cramps
  • Headaches
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Vivid dreams
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Intense cravings
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • In severe cases, seizures

Some of these things can be managed and mitigated by medication while others simply must be monitored. Our medical professionals are there to provide any necessary withdrawal management at our detox center.

detox treatment for women

Detox Treatment

We know that each person is unique and deals with things differently. This is why we offer detox services that focus on each of our patients.

Whether it’s drug or alcohol detoxification, we are open to all. Regardless of gender, age or circumstance, you’ll find solace here at Lily Recovery. We have ongoing intakes with a maximum occupancy of 10 people, which gives you a chance to build a small support network while maintaining peace, quiet and privacy during your stay.

The detox stage of recovery can be scary and overwhelming, which is why we’ve created a safe place for substance abuse detox. Here, you’ll find compassion, understanding, and most importantly – a judgment-free recovery zone.

If you have any questions about our program and how it can help you or a loved one, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to discuss everything with you!

Get Help Today!